We have an update!  Fans of this site might remember Jim Babwe’s email submission about seeing Kirk Gibson’s home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series off of Dennis Eckersley.  There is nothing like a good post script to the story!

Thanks Jim!

Here’s an update on the World Series ticket stub. Last September, I was taking photos at San Diego’s Petco Park on behalf of the National Juvenile Diabetes Association–kids got to meet Alan Trammel on the field. A friend of mine and I told Trammel that if he could get Kirk Gibson to autograph my ticket, I’d donate it for the NJDA fundraising auction. You see the result. It’s doing way more good now than it was in a notebook on a shelf at my house. I’ve inducted Trammel and Gibson into the Jim Babwe Human Being Hall of Fame. The vote was unanimous.

Kirk Gibson autograph | 1988 World Series Ticket | Jim Bawbe |


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We are pleased to present Tim Shea, the author of Fenway! The Ultimate Fan Guide on this episode of Cover the Bases.  Tim has put together a must have book for anyone with the responsibility of finding the perfect seats for a visit to Fenway Park.

Tim’s concept for the book came out of his concern that some in his group wouldFenway Fan Guide | Tim Shea | end up having obstructed views of the ballgame, based upon his ticket selection.  With a need to try to avoid purchasing tickets behind one of Fenway’s famous 33 Grandstand poles, Tim began to research the park and decided to share his knowledge by crafting this book.  The guidebook concept along the lines of a Fodors was born, including not just tickets information, but also dining, parking, and places to stay when attending a Red Sox game.

Tim gives you a complete breakdown of each Grandstand section with a simple to understand diagram including which seats will have a blocked view of the pitcher’s mound or home plate.  This is a major distinction as compared to what the ticket office designates as obstructed, which Fenway considers as pitcher’s mound AND home plate.

As an added warning when seeking tickets for games, avoid the right field corner seats which happen to be angled to face towards the centerfield bullpens and Green Monster, instead of the middle of the diamond.  This is just a ramification of the park design when it was originally constructed.

It cannot be overlooked that during the time prior to the current Red Sox ownership group, speculation was that Fenway would have to be completely rebuilt or even moved from its current location in order to allow for revenue opportunities, so that the team could compete with the New York Yankees. The winning ownership group led by John W. Henry was able to make alterations to the park without impacting the integrity of the structure.  Not only was this greatly appreciated by the fan base, but as Tim points out, puts them on a path towards having Fenway deemed a National Historic Site.

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